"100 Great British Drawings" at the Huntington
|Edward Burne-Jones, The Nativity, about 1887|
|Georg Dionysius Ehret, Nectarines, mid-18th century|
Naturally the Huntington's 100 includes major sheets by Hogarth, Gainsborough, Rowlandson, Constable, Turner, Girtin, Cotman, Blake, and Ruskin; smatterings of Pre-Raphaelites, Orientalists, illustrators, and modernists. But it's also got a strong bench. Consider a summery Nectarines by German-born naturalist George Ehret, a Renaissance revival metalpoint drawing (made in 1899) by Joseph Edward Southall, and a wallpaper design of Seaweed by John Henry Dearle.
|Joseph Edward Southall, Head of a Girl, 1899|
|John Henry Dearle, Seaweed (wallpaper design), about 1901|
Two years later the collection of Illustrated London News editor Sir Bruce Ingram came on the market. Wark was allowed to vet the collection before auction and pre-empt the works he wanted. This added about 350 more sheets, chosen to complement the Davis holdings.
In 2000 the Huntington acquired the Arts and Crafts Movement collection assembled by California architect Sanford Berger and wife Helen. Part of the wide-ranging collection was about 2000 drawings prepatory to works in other media, by William Morris, Edward Burne-Jones, and associates.
The Huntington has also been making numerous strategic purchases of exceptional drawings, and these feature significantly in this selection. "100 Great British Drawings" is in the Boone Gallery through Sep. 5, 2022.
|Simeon Solomon, A Young Musician in the Temple, a.k.a. Hosannah!, 1860|
|Evelyn De Morgan, Study of a Right Arm Against a Blue Tunic (detail), about 1903|
|Paul Nash, Study for "Dead Spring", about 1929|
|Edwin Landseer, Two Dogs Resting, 1811|